KPD identifies victim in Western Heights fatal shooting

By: Sara Shookman Email
By: Sara Shookman Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Investigators from the Knoxville Police Dept. trying to put the pieces together after a homeless man was shot to death in Western Heights early Monday morning. Twenty-nine year-old Marvin Walker was shot multiple times in the torso, a KPD spokesperson said.

Officers responded to a shots fired call on Better Tomorrow Dr., near Oldham Ave., shortly after 3:30 a.m. on Monday morning. Authorities combed the area after just after the shooting and say they have spoken with witnesses, but have not been able to provide any information on the suspect.

Neighbors say it raises their concerns about violence.

"Something needs to be done. It's too many little kids out there that can get hurt," said Lorietta Allen. Allen says her daughter and grandchildren live just steps from crime scene.

"It's disgusting. And I'm sorry for whoever got shot. It just doesn't make any sense," said Allen.

"Shooting out here is a natural thing. It's just like the birds chirping out here to us. That's always constantly," said a woman who lives near to the scene. She didn't want to show her face, or give Local 8 News her name, out of fear.

"I didn't know where the bullets was coming from. I just heard. 'Boom. boom. boom. boom. boom.' Okay. Thank God my grandkids wasn't there," she said.

After hearing the gunshots, she could barely get back to sleep. And she says it isn't the first time. She thinks there is more law enforcement can do.

"It's a death trap out here. And if the police department really want to help people out here in the projects, they need to do better than what they doing," she said.

Allen says her daughter already visited the complex office in hopes she'll be able to move elsewhere.

"She's trying to get out of her. She don't want nothing to happen to her kids," said Allen.


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  • by RICHARD on Nov 7, 2011 at 01:15 PM
    WHEN YOU LIVE IN GOV'T SUBSIDISED HOUSING YOU HAVE TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE MOST LIKELY GOING TO HAVE A MAJORITY OF USELESS ADULTS AND TEENS RESIDING THERE. MY BEST ADVISE IS GET A JOB, GET OFF GOV'T SUBSIDISED HOUSING AND LIVING, THEN MOVE SOMEWHERE LESS LIKELY TO PROMOTE GUNFIRE. UNFORTUNATELY FOR THE FEW STAND UP PEOPLE STRUGGLING THERE ARE MANY MORE FREE LOADING USELESS INDIVIDUALS DOING ALL THEY KNOW TO DO.....LOOK FOR FREE HAND OUTS AND SLEEP ALL DAY AND CAUSE MAHEM ALL NIGHT.
  • by Annonymous Location: Western heights community on Nov 7, 2011 at 11:07 AM
    All the crime and shooting out here im so tired of it. Its always something its crazy thats why I dont let my child play outside. I grew up out here but its not like it used to be it seems to be getting worse.

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